Sorry I can’t add to the current conversation, but I’m not familiar with any trance. I’ve never heard any that caught my interest, aside from a few Infected Mushroom tracks a friend told me to check out. I’ve heard them referred to as trance, but it sounds like a completely different genre to me.
Is it just me, or is electronic the most confusing when it comes to subgenres? I’ve never had this problem with rock music. I suppose Jazz might be as bad, though. (seriously, you would not BELIEVE how many types of jazz there are)
Anywho, I would like to discuss the points you made earlier.
It took me a while to find a Danger song i enjoyed, but eventually, I found one. Ya just gotta look with him.
I concur with what Starfish is saying, that sometimes you gotta dig throughout an artists stuff in order to find something you like rather than expect everything that an artist makes to either appeal or not.
I agree. I didn’t mean to imply that Danger couldn’t possibly have something out that I would enjoy. I’m just saying that it would be unlikely due to what I’ve heard in the tracks I have listened to so far. While I admit, he has some skillfully crafted music, there’s one big reason none of his stuff has appealed to me: the overall tone and timbre. Skrillex fans are all going to love bass, Venetian Snares fans like snares and cymbals, and so on. I’ve listened to a couple of Danger songs, and they all had that distinct “Danger” sound, just like Skrillex and VSnares do. Unless he has some albums that are a stark contrast to his usual stuff, I won’t enjoy it.
Let me put it this way, imagine your favorite song. Now, imagine that song completely redone in fart sounds, nails on a blackboard, or some other sound that you find to be really stupid or irritating. It completely changes the feel of the song, even if the sounds match the pitch of the original. You guys can keep your Danger, and I’ll keep my music comprised entirely of fart sounds.
I have music from lots of different artists but for each artist I only have perhaps 1-6 songs from them that I enjoyed. No artist is perfect and are never consistent in making music I like. But if I turned away from an artist because the first couple songs I found didn’t sound good, I’d probably have no music at all. So when looking up artists, give them a chance and keep looking, just in case there is a gold nugget in there
I don’t even have all the music from my favorite artists because even they will make something that won’t sound good to me or even outright defer. I’ve cherry picked only the ones from them that I like.
This, on the other hand, I disagree with. Maybe you’re a bit more finicky about your music than I am, or perhaps you just haven’t found your artist yet. There are numerous musicians I’ve listened to that only have a few good songs. Some only have one! However, I spend the vast majority of my time listening to artists that put out music that I consistently find enjoyable. In order to spare you all from me geeking out about Venetian Snares and making you listen to even more of his stuff, I’m going to use Otto Von Schirach as an example.
I love Otto’s music. I’ve yet to hear a track I dislike from him. Even with such a diverse catalog, I always manage to find something to enjoy! “Bass Low” has a catchy hook not dissimilar to the style of hip-hop music. Then, there’s “Another Night, Another Rave.” A goofy breakcore track loaded with plenty of ridiculous samples. And “End of the World,” Otto’s attempt at Dubstep that mixes a growling bass with the distorted samples of a growling lion. While each song is very different from the last, I like them all. The thing is, every song has a thread that combines them, and makes them enjoyable to me. First off, I would like to bring up the deal of tone and timbre again. Although they have different styles, Otto has a very distinctive way of manipulating his bass and vocals that can be heard in each song. Second, his sampling techniques. Despite having a darker tone, his music often contains some funny, asinine samples that break things up. I’m sure I don’t need to point out the ridiculousness in “Another Night, Another Rave,” “Bass Low” had the Chuck D ‘Bass!’ sample that I found unfitting, but in a humorous manner that lightened the mood, and did you notice the mewing kitten in “End of the World”? Honestly, I didn’t even notice it until I started typing out this paragraph. It’s just one more example of those subtle hints of Schirachness that makes me like his songs, even if it’s too subtle for me to consciously register! :)
I don’t expect you to like every song from an artist all the time. I’m not always in the Schirach mood. But at some time or another, I can listen to any given song from him and enjoy it. My point is, even with a diverse repertoire, a musician can put out music that you can enjoy consistently.